posted on October 1, 2007 at 4:38 am

sleepy little monster
caught in a trap
not the sphinx
some other kinda bitch or jackal
these then are the salad days
i guess this white whine is the dressing
i suppose these clouds are the mayonnaise
i wonder if this ocean is the ointment i need
i need to read more about need
i mean i want to do that
i think it will help me feel
feel the waves engulfing me
a piano arpeggiates and modulates
the foam fluted
the deluge is tongued
music will herald the end
old nick blowing on a tomb bone
until then
in these years
in these stormy balmy times
until our island sinks
or apollo looses a plague
you will remain chained to my pain
not what you wanted to hear
gently dozing terrible little gargoyle
now that youre unkillable
undrownable even in this specific ocean
more hideous than all the denizens of any deep
reaching out in your tentacled slumber
a wild wreck on a distant shore
the surf pounding in your two ears
the ears that hear the eyes
the eye which looks
the eye that sees
the seas that seize
and the amazing days of olde
when the anointed one trod these sandy paths
and he wrestled the great serpent
and cast him down to sodoms deep pit
where the fire causes him to scream
and his screams float over the ashes like echoes with wings
and by harvest time they arrive at the ocean ravenous
and they drink it dry
until neptunus comes out in his fury
strangled by his godly magnificent hands
they disgorge the seven seas
and a great turmoil coils about the heavens
until the thunderer appears wrapped in nimbus
his voltage bolts electric cute crucifying and transfix
the stormwielder
god of most hosts
fierce and beautiful and old and young
recreated the land and studded it with new cities
filled them with things like yourself
half angel half idiot
dragging yourself along bound
bound nowhere else but where
the fruit bears itself to stain
corrupted to soon
the wind has whipped the sand into your eyes

27 Responses to “black light/black heat”

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    craig1.618 | 1 October 2007 at 5:59 am #

    mirror mirror on the wall
    look in reflect a fall
    atlantis/sumer/lumer serpentine
    we think we know until we’ve seen
    idiot angels we all must be
    for ever having left our tree

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 6:34 am #

    every gargoyle to leave my studio’s hands,had a sweetness in their favourite was,the realistic dragon with his paws n claws covering his eyes,peering through 2 of his claws…beautiful one :*( 🙂 ….xxA

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 7:22 am #

    just gorgeous SK!your passages,are shifting,moving,and your recollection of beauty and darkness is a painful reminder of what it means to be human.Everything is always’s a lesson I’ve had to learn.there’s not enough squares on a chessboard to signify anyone’s “legs” of their’s eternal.It’s the’s the way of “things”.It has brought you here today,with your joys,your sadness’,and your beautiful soul…have a peaceful night…blessings to you,and love,as always,gen xxxxx

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 7:34 am #

    You could write that again! x

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 9:24 am #

    ahh, half angel half idiot…divine unthinking creature…from its mouth springs a sweet siren’s wordless cry of lunacy…from its inferno eyes tears like liquid fire rain down…hair like an undulating silver sea…radiant stigmata bleeding mercury…
    just a mind picture i had…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 9:30 am #

    ominous,ominiesce..more of this please?..wonderful images spring to mind,from reading this soothes the savage hungry beast.I would love to hear you put music to this one Steve. …/cwxa

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 10:09 am #


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    Sam Sejavka | 1 October 2007 at 10:13 am #

    A particularly mellifluous posting, Steve. Did the bunk beds work out okay? Sorry I didn’t warn you about the matching pajamas.

    By the way, the address for Sails of Oblivion is [at variance with the one you posted]

    Be at peace, you and yours.

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 11:38 am #

    Apologies for the following (what is about to be said doesn’t really bear much relevence here, and it does enter ‘mainstream music’ territory), but does anyone else notice the resemblance in the starting guitars to Modest Mouse’s “Fire it Up”, and “The Golden Dawn”?
    The first time i heard it (Fire it Up), i was thinking it was about to be a cover of ‘the dawn’… very dissapointing.
    I should also add that i would probably die of shock if you actually replied to this SK. If i actually had any talent, you would be my hero, so yeah….please dont reply.
    Anyone else though? Tell me I’m not insane. MM

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    Symon | 1 October 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    was in Inverloch (sleepy little hamlet on the coast about 2 hours south east of Melbourne) with the family all w/e till today …would love to have seen your gig on Friday nite in Melby…oh well c’est la vie.

    Next time you’re in Melby…the family will have to have a little holiday sojourn at another time…I’m not bloddy missing out again !

    Good to see that Melby Amanda was sooooo excited !!!!!!!!!!!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Now, Steven, none of this did Mr. Shelley any good, did it…

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    JRR/occasionally a dim receiver | 1 October 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    send me your thesis and anthology.This blogge format has brought to the fore,some of your finest dreamscapes and journeies.Your greatest wordswork should be embossed in gold.and then,let the journey begin!……x

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    John Garratt | 1 October 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    I’ve been gone, have been feeling terribly distracted lately. The wife is pregnant.

    John Garratt

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    veleska1970 | 1 October 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    dark and moody….but beautiful still. thanks for your words, steve.

    lotza love….

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    Robust and swirling; yeah, kinda grimy and sort of greasy thick…
    damn gargoyles..

    Is this Thor in Bondi?
    It’s kinda got that arcane god in contemporary setting feel….is there a painting?

    John Cale or Lou Reed?

    xxKittyKat (listened to Gilt Trip in the bush camp where I just returned from…works well with small marsupials, slow lizards, sweet honeyeaters, and spectacular sunsets…)

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 1:51 pm #

    Congrats John G.

    Welcome to the world of sleep deprivation….and indescribable joy.


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    Gargoyles | 1 October 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    Holy Day in cement.protecting the weakened and vulnerable..we mean no harm nor discomfort.static guard is necessary.we love and admire those who walk amongst us.we wink at you when you cant see us.we shine down our constance at you in a glance to our right.

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    Candy | 1 October 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    …sweetness is the cure….Mmmmmmm …wickedly sweet dreams . 90%pure dark divinity…xo

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    Jen Jewel Brown | 1 October 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    Wish I’d been around to catch you and the esteemed DB. Was at Cape Patterson on hols school hol w kids – rampant storms, v cool. Sounds terrific.


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    sing,sugar! | 1 October 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    I think you would know how to pacify and tame the dfiery gargoyle :=) *3

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    Brien Comerford | 1 October 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    SK’s swirling in austere but paramount existentialism. Veleska’s comments are right on the mark.

    October 2 is the International Day of Nonviolence to recognize the Birthday of Mahatma Ganddi. His reverence for life extended to the animal kingdom evidenced by his devout vegetarianism. Gandhi espoused religious, racial and ethnic harmony. He profoundly influenced Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Desmund Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Accolades for music stars who advocate Gandhi’s vegetarian ethics. Steve Kilbey, Chrissie Hynde, Paul McCartney, Moby, Morrissey, Julian Cope,Joan Jett, Annie Haslam, Jeff Beck, Edgar Froese, Nellie Mckay, Terry Geezer Butler, Tom Scholz and many others. “All life is sacred and interconnected.”

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    davem | 1 October 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    I see you’ve been to Wolverhampton then.
    Love you more esskay.

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 8:04 pm #

    9:38 anon:

    ah, Modest Mouse of Issaquah, Washington recently acquired a new to them guitarist by the name of Johnny Marr from the Smiths. Hope that would help.

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 8:27 pm #

    funny strange, not funny ha ha
    that we thought Moth
    and you wrote it
    shortly thereafter, I found a simple spotted moth
    dead, broken winged
    gone, a spirit between the sea and sky
    now, lying next to a down feather
    Fly, fly, fly so high
    be a dove, a sparrow, a swan
    love in transcendence
    make the little ladies dance again
    you were a treat
    meet the Cousin Angels
    feel free to sing again
    you didn’t age into morosa inflictica
    prayers on the labyrith in London and San Francisco, young one.

    shall I let go of San Andreas?
    this plate go this
    that go that
    histronics between us
    plunge ever so…

    Hellenistic sunny days all around
    a pair of dice

    Thank you Steve, you’re amazing
    It’s all too beautiful


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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    good morning beautiful Mr. Kilbey!i’m wishing you a magical the gargoyle schtuffe!i wish their were a gargoyle to protect the shins of ladies who re-arranged their front verandah’s and are not quite savvy with remembering the layout of pots n chairs.{it’ll only take me a couple of go’s but,ouch!,the poor olde shins copped a beauty yesterday.luckily my internal radar and gps has a photographic “subtlety”pin the donkey on the tail?..ha ha!another very summery day here in briz vegas to ze pool for a specific porpoise,schvimmin’ in ze schvimmin’hole…mmm…more percolated buckets of drugs first{coffee of course} have a beautiful day YOU! to you ,as always,love,as always,gen xxxxx

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    isolde | 1 October 2007 at 10:13 pm #

    magnificently tempestuous sk

    good blog ss

    v happy 4u jg

    better be quick to the pool gx there’s rain coming over the bay from the east

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    Anonymous | 1 October 2007 at 11:26 pm #

    Thank-you isolde!you are lovely!ha ha!couldn’t go schwimmin’ in the rain.I might get wet,yeah?there’s a song in there somewhere?”what a glorious feeling,I’m happy again!” xx have a beautiful day isolde,and all ye other fiends…love,gen x

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